Daniela Clynes has over 25yrs experience as a teacher of: singing technique, song interpretation, music theory, jazz improvisation, songwriting & performance; both in the UK and in New York while resident there.
She regularly gives private one-to-one singing lessons from her music studio in South West London.
“My route to developing a lifelong good, strong and healthy vocal technique grew out of a combination of strong influences and lessons in my youth.
My mother, Nelly Ben-Or, is a leading Alexander Technique teacher (and pianist); I had many lessons of this method for good use of the body, free of unnecessary tensions, throughout my childhood and well into adulthood. Some of the Alexander Technique work specifically helps to free one’s voice, gently connecting it to the diaphragm… using the so called ‘whispered aah’.
I then had many lessons in voice production for acting and dialect speech patterns. These studies added to my understanding of the intricacies of how our bodies create words and sounds - including song lyrics.
I spent two years having private singing lessons prior to going to the Guildhall School of Music where I won a scholarship to study on the Advanced Jazz Course. After leaving music college I found the teacher who I feel truly ‘gave me my voice’, by putting all the previous lessons learned together and guiding me skilfully to develop a solid singing technique. My teacher was Anne Wood, who had a reputation as one of the very finest singers of her style and generation, and a hugely respected teacher.
I use elements of all the variety of concepts, skills and methods I studied for years in my own teaching. I try to make the learning simple, straight forward and fun. I don’t believe in over complicating things, or in giving students things to worry about in their voice. I like to instil confidence and freedom, to help to expand the student’s vocal range somewhat; and to build on their positive natural instincts about singing.”
Daniela is currently teaching undergraduate bands and singers at LCCM (London College of Creative Media); where she has developed and now leads various modules for the BMus and Cert HE courses.
Daniela has previously taught at many universities, colleges and schools, including the following:
Brit School, The City Lit, Brunel University, Goldsmiths College, Thames Valley University, Colchester Institute, Islington & City Sixth Form College, WAC Arts, EC1 Music Project, Richmond Adult Community College, The Roche School.
Kevin Devine has been taking private one-to-one singing lessons regularly for several years. He has been working on songs for an album of his own new compositions which he is in the process of recording at present.
"Daniela is a fantastic Singing Coach. Her patience and unrivalled knowledge of the craft of singing is second to none. I found Daniela after going through a throat operation and she has completely rebuilt my voice from the ground up, by helping me eliminate bad habits and adopting rock solid proper technique. She has also helped me with song choices, given me advice about the business and inspires me to reach for my dreams."
Kevin Devine Singer, TV and Radio Presenter
Celia Berk studied with Daniela in New York, during Daniela’s residency there; she has gone on to forge a very successful singing career in NYC and beyond. Celia has earned nominations for various awards, including Broadway World Awards in January 2018.
“I was fortunate to work with Daniela at the exact moment when I was considering a return to public performing. I learned a lot from her approach and was grateful for her encouragement. In fact, she was the person who pushed me towards my first open mic experience in a club with great jazz musicians. Her sensibility and insights into jazz singing remain with me to this day.”
To book a private singing lesson, or discuss what you are hoping to develop through taking lessons, please contact Daniela by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Annabel Bowman had trained in the performing arts during her teenage years and into her twenties, before working in other fields. She began taking lessons with Daniela a few years ago as a gradual move back into singing. After Daniela took Annabel into the studio to make her first demo recording of songs, she now rehearses and performs regularly with a multi-style choir across London.
“Daniela is such an inspiring teacher. I am always nourished by her lessons and can’t wait to go back every week.”